Photo Credit: Harold Navarro [Flickr]

Photo Credit: Harold Navarro [Flickr]

Midnight in New York City

By Chef King Phojanakong

Photograph courtesy of Blue Ribbon Izakya

Photograph courtesy of Blue Ribbon Izakya

I love the city after midnight. Parts of it slow down and many other parts are just getting started. It's also the time I close the restaurants and punch out for the night, it’s my happy hour. First stop, Up Stairs Bar on Canal Street. It's a few blocks south of Kuma Inn and like Kuma, you walk up the stairs and enter another world. After a warm greeting from Rena and crew, I get to enjoy a couple of bourbons and belt out a few tunes by Journey and Bon Jovi. Next stop, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on Orchard Street. Where else can you chow down on yummy chicken wings, oxtail & bone marrow fried rice and Tasmanian sea trout after midnight? For a nightcap, there's always Ugly Kitchen in the East Village. Great music and drinks and no fuss.

59 Canal Street, New York, NY 10002
T: 917.608.6978

187 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
T: 212.466.0404 |

103 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
T: 212.777.6677 |

Chef King Phojanakong


King Phojanakong is the chef and owner of Kuma Inn in the Lower East Side and Umi Nom in Bedford-Stuyvesant. His Asian tapas cuisine is influenced by his heritage which is half-Thai and half-Filipino. King worked with chefs Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, and Jean-Georges before opening up his own restaurants.

113 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002
T: 212.353.8866 |

433 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
T: 718.789.8806 |

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